Your resume is an important tool in getting your dream job. A resume has to make employers want you but it also has to make them want to learn more. Do these five things to your resume today and you will get more high quality interviews, regardless of the economy!
1. Take out chronology now.
The chronology of your resume is killing your ability to express who you really are. Immediately take out all of the, to-from sections on your resume. Here’s why
If you worked at the ACME Safe and Anvil Company (old people will get it) as a line worker, then a lead spark maker, then a crew lead and finally shift manager, you have a MOUNTAIN of experience! But here is what that looks like on your resume
ACME Safe and Anvil Company 1984-Present.
You are WAY more valuable than that! You have to capture the employer’s attention right away, and in today’s world, staying at one place isn’t as valuable as it used to be. So here is how you do it.
List your accomplishments or positions from largest at the top, to the smallest at the bottom. Or let us do it for you. Like this,
Shift Manager; ACME Safe and Anvil. I managed the safety and work flow of over 25 people on a daily basis.
Crew Lead; ACME Safe and Anvil. Responsible for the output and product quality of the Roadrunner Smasher Safe which was assembled by seven coyotes on a daily basis.
Spark Maker; ACME Safe and Anvil. Created the sparks that were used in most of the early 80’s hair band videos and in Die Hard 2.
By now you can leave out line worker because you are already a rock star. (Literally. Nice work on that Ted Nugent video.) The chronology resume is a product of decades old thinking that says employers and employees want to stay exactly the same for 40 years.
That’s not how it works anymore.
When we create a custom resume for people we do one of two things with chronology.
- Remove it completely
- Put the total cumulative chronology in the sub-heading (1984-Present)
Your resume has one job, and that job is to get you an interview. Listing the dates you worked at each company does not help you, it only gives the potential employer a reason to say no. No because you spent too much time at one place, or no because you left early. Leaving it blank gives them a reason to want to know more about your experience, which leads to interviews, which is what you want!
2. Your objective is either to work for that company or none.
The objective is good for one thing; to let the employer know that you have done your homework. If you aren’t going to do your homework, or if you plan on sending out 1000 generic resumes, then take the objective section out of the resume. This needs to be a section that screams, “I know what you want and I am it.”
If your objective is to, “obtain meaningful employment,” you are saying you will leave as soon as the next job comes along. If you want to, “Advance the purpose of ACME Safe and Anvil by creating new and innovative ways to eradicate roadrunners throughout the Southwest,” then you are worth an interview. Use this section to let the employer know that you understand what they do, and that you want in.
Research the company. Look for mission statements, annual goals or tag lines that indicate their goals and ambitions. Find out what their goals and ambitions are and you have found their objectives. Your objective on your resume, should match theirs every time.
3. Add photo thumbnail picture.
Small pictures, in unexpected places make a big impression.
If you have a job that is very visual, or if you create something and you are very good, put a small thumbnail picture of your work on the resume. If not, put a small picture of yourself on the resume.. A good picture of you, your work or you working will make your resume stand out, and make you more memorable. Show them who you are or what you do and you will already feel like a part of the family on interview day!
Boxing was the only career where I wouldn’t have to start out at the bottom. I had a good resume.
-Sugar Ray Leonard
4. Research certs or classes, get them, and show them off!
I once helped 5 people get hired to work on a project that paid them roughly $130k, for six months of work! We did it because we found that the employer needed a specific certification. When most people would turn away and say, “Well, I don’t have that, on the next thing,” we did not. We found that the certification they needed was an online class, which took less than a week, cost $169, and had no test at the end!!
Would you pay $169 for that?
Within a few weeks, each person was cashing weekly checks for $3000-$4000 after paying taxes! All because they took the class and made sure the specific certification was prominently displayed on their killer resume! Look into the requirements a position needs. It may be easier to get than you think.
5. Tell ‘em what they want to hear, but leave an information gap.
Each job has a description. If you are posting for a position that has been posted, use the words that are in the job description on your resume. If they are looking for a great chord de-tangler make sure those words are in your resume. Many companies use an automated system that files through resumes and looks for keywords. Those keywords are listed in the job description, so use them.
But, if you are working with us, you will be applying at businesses where you really want to work, not waiting for a job to come open.
If you apply to a company where you would like to work, but there isn’t an active posting, look for old postings, look at their logo, company values or mission statement. Make sure there is something that they want on your resume, and then, leave them hanging!
The prevailing thought on resumes is that they need to show off everything the candidate has ever done. They have to prove to the employer that the candidate is worth hiring in just a few short pages.
This is not true!
The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. Resumes don’t get you jobs, interviews get you jobs. The main thing you want your resume to do is leave the employer wanting to hear more. If you raised sales by 30% say that, but don’t say how. Make sure they know that you are good at your job, but make sure they want to talk to you! Just like I explained in the chronology section, give them a reason to call you in.
We hope you will implement these five things today and see the growth in quality and quantity of your interviews. If this seems a little overwhelming don’t worry. We offer a world-class resume development service to help you land more interviews.
Your life shouldn’t support your job, your job should support your life!